Time is running out for Poland’s two main centre-right parties to break the deadlock on forming a coalition.
Elections last month saw the Law and Justice party come out narrowly ahead. Its prime minister designate Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has until Tuesday to form a new government. The pro-business Civic Platform came second and was widely expected to be in the coalition, but after weeks of political tussling the latest proposals by its leader Donald Tusk have been rejected. He had said he would return to the negotiating table if Law and Justice’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski headed the new government. But Jaroslaw says that is not possible, adding that he had been clear even before the polls that he would never become Prime Minister if his identical twin Lech was elected President – which he was. Law and Justice says that if no solution is found it will present a minority government tomorrow.